|Purdue||T Johnson 12.7||A Hammons 6.5||R Johnson 3.6|
|Penn State||T Frazier 16.3||R Travis 6.8||D (DJ) Newbill 4.0|
Purdue heads to Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday to take on Penn State. The game tips off at 7:00 EST and you can see it on Big Ten Network. The Boilermakers defeated the Nittany Lions 60-42 on January 13th and are 8-2 against them over the past four years.
Purdue is 7th in the Big Ten and Penn State is in 12th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.
The Boilermakers fell 75-60 to Northwestern on February 2nd. A.J. Hammons finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. On top of his scoring average of 11.0 points per game, he delivers 6.5 rebounds per game. For the Nittany Lions, Devonte (DJ) Newbill put up 20 points and 6 rebounds in the 76-67 loss to Iowa on January 31st. He is averaging 15.7 points per game and leads the team in assists with 4.0 per game. When considering the Four Factors, Penn State performs well in defensive rebounding percentage at 73.9. This ranks 2nd in the conference and 10th in the country.
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- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Purdue has had more players drafted by the NBA than Penn State (4 vs 0).
- A.J. Hammons is ranked 8th in the Big Ten in rebounds and 45th nationally in blocks.
- Purdue can actually jump, with more rebounds (40.5 per game vs 35.6 per game) than Penn State this season.
- It must sting. Purdue has blown out Penn State by 20 points or more on 8 occasions since 1997.
- Boom! Purdue humiliated Penn State by 18 points the last time they played (Jan 13, 2013).
- The Purdue rebounding leader (A.J. Hammons) has more rebounds than the Penn State rebounding leader (Ross Travis).
- Purdue is better under pressure, and has defeated Penn State in 6 out of the last 7 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
- You get an A for effort, but Purdue has emerged victorious against Penn State the last 2 times they've played.
- Purdue has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Penn State ($23,924 vs $28,680).
- Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Purdue has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Penn State (3 vs 0).